Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol
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The Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest white paper is the result of nearly two years of analysis and stakeholder discussion by the Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative facilitated by GPI. The Initiative’s consensus white paper illustrates broad support for a policy by diverse interests across the region. The paper is intended to inform further discussion of new and existing clean fuels policies and how they could be tailored to benefit the Midwest.
In order to ensure a successful and fair Clean Fuels Policy, the Initiative makes several recommendations. A well-designed Clean Fuels Policy must:
- Be a market-based approach and remain fuel and technology neutral
- Rely on a portfolio of clean fuels
- Ensure consistent lifecycle assessment for all fuel types based on the latest Argonne GREET model
- Consider the benefits of higher ethanol blends
- Build on existing state policies rather than replace those policies
- Reinforce and complement existing efforts by the agricultural sector to adopt practices that improve soil health and water quality and capture carbon
The Renewable Fuel Standard has successfully driven the production and use of low carbon fuels in the U.S. transportation fleet. Corn ethanol has replaced 10 percent of climate change causing petroleum. The RFS was enacted, in part, to drive innovation and the production of low carbon biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent and more than petroleum - so called "advanced biofuels."
This White Paper walks through the current state of science as it relates to the lifecycle GHG emissions of corn ethanol and makes recommendations for updating lifecycle modeling which is used to inform low carbon policy decisions.
Since 2018, ACE has been working alongside the Great Plains Institute (GPI), as well as fuel producers and marketers, environmental and research organizations, scientists and engineers, and agriculture and industry stakeholders to create a report that details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. Created by Midwesterners for the Midwest, the report recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace and benefits producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, jobs, and public health.